Grabarz claimed a surprise bronze at Londonn 2012 (©GettyImages)
Grabarz claimed a surprise bronze at Londonn 2012 (©GettyImages).

Robbie Grabarz to miss Commonwealth Games through injury

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Olympic bronze medallist Robbie Grabarz has been ruled out of the Commonwealth Games through injury, reports BBC Sport.

The high-jumper, who won the surprise medal at London 2012, will undergo surgery on a troublesome knee and miss the rest of the season. He has had a tendon problem in his left knee for a year now, something that Grabarz obviously feels can no longer be ignored.

"I need to be operating at 100%, not 90-95% as I have been doing," he revealed.

"It's totally upsetting as I just want to compete at major championships and challenge for medals."

And the 26-year-old would have fancied his chances of picking up his first Commonwealth medal, but will now miss Glasgow as well as the chance to defend the European gold he won in Helsinki four years ago.

Grabarz became the first British athlete to win gold in that competition since 1950 with victory in Finland, but knows his decision not to compete again this year will benefit him in the future.

"It's a long-term decision with 2015 and 2016 in mind," he added.

The Commonwealth Games, minus Grabarz, begin in Glasgow on July 23.

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